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How to: Mk1 Aluminum Door Skins
Created: May 20, 2013
Mk1 Aluminum Door Skin Right Side Mk1 Aluminum Door Skin Left Side Mini doors are known to rust, mostly at the bottom. No surprise. This is so common that in the U.K. there are shops that specialize in repairing Mini doors. Only Mini doors! If you prefer new, Heritage doors for a Mk. 1 can exc
One way to determine the year of your Mini
Created: September 02, 2011
There has been much written about all the Minis in the USA with confusing heritage.  Knowing what year your car is may not be that important until it comes to trying to be sure you get the parts you are looking for.  The Mini was first produced in 1959 and continues thru the year 2000. Wh...
Factory trim molding installation - GFZ107 & GZF105
Created: May 10, 2004
  The dreaded job of installing the plastic trim! Here are the steps we used during our latest install on a 1969 S to achieve great results:   Tools: Two people, Heat gun, drill & bit (  1/8th  size), rivet gun & aluminum rivets   ...
Quick release bonnet hinges  MK I&II, C-14A7246/7
Created: January 30, 2000
Read all instructions thoroughly and check kit contents for completeness before proceeding. Carefully mark the position of existing hinges on bonnet, then remove the bonnet by removing the retaining nuts.
Quick release bonnet hinge kit, MK3, C-CZH530/1
Created: January 30, 2000
Mark position of existing hinges on bonnet then remove bonnet by undoing the retaining nuts.
Overider and rail kit for Mini bumpers, MSSK025
Created: January 30, 2000
This budget kit is for use when purchasers are capable of drilling their existing stainless steel bumper. The overiders and corner bars are the exact original shape of early MK1 Minis and Coopers
Created: February 22, 2006
The SU Reference Catalog is actually a collection of the SU Workshop Manual and SU Reference Catalog with a Burlen Fuel Systems Brochure and pri...
Tuning the A-Series Engine - Book Review
Created: February 22, 2006
I was a little skeptical at first at what Vizard had to offer beyond what I thought was a very complete "How to Modify Your Mini" book which I have had for well over a decade. I had heard that Vizard’s "Tuning the A-Series Engine" was quite the wealth of information but having never read it my...
Book Review, Tuning the A-Series Engine
Created: December 31, 2005
Vizard shatters the myths and makes sure you get all of the theory along the way. The A-series engine is the example, and he’s built a reputation around it, but his techniques and your learning go way beyond this single family of engines.
Created: December 28, 2005
With a car a few years older than myself, we are both realizing that we are not quite as young as we once were and are requiring a little more maintenance to run down the highway with the younger, sleeker models.  I got into owning an older vehicle knowing full well that the two of us would hav...
Upgrading Mini Brakes
Created: February 01, 2011
Over 5 million Minis have been made, most of them before 1985 when front disc brakes were standardised. Previously, standard Minis were fitted with drum brakes all round, adequate in light traffic but prone to fall out of adjustment, not very progressive unless recently overhauled, and not up to the quick responses needed to avoid accidents in modern high-density traffic.
Warped Rotors Means Pulsing Brakes
Created: December 09, 2009
When you apply the brakes, you feel a pulsation through the brake pedal and even the steering wheel. You wonder how the brakes and steering are interconnected and what is causing the pulsation. How can it be prevented, and how can it be corrected? And most important, is it a safety issue?The cause o...
Mini Front Wheel Bearing Seal
Created: March 08, 2009
Question:"Im replacing my front wheel bearings on my 78 leyland. (drum brakes) I fitted the new bearings and seals and went to fit in the drive flange and i noticed the seal is too big to seal on the flange. Is there a sleeve or spacer that the seal seals on?" Answer:"Yes there is a tapered collar ...
Hawk Brake Material Description
Created: September 26, 2000
Hawk Brake has utilized world class technology to develop and manufacture superior disc brake and clutch materials for the Automotive/Racing industry. Hawk products include Ferro-CarbonTM, CarboticTM, Carbon-Carbon and full metallic disc brakes and clutches. Hawk Brake's persistent development of racing friction will not only set new standards, but will also greatly enhance the quality, performance and integrity of your racing programs!
Mini Brake Data
Created: June 09, 2000
Over the years, many changes were made to Mini brake configurations. The manufacturers tinkered with the master cylinders and rear brake balance valve, and rear shoes and cylinders on many occassions, and did not necessarily write these changes into the official service manuals. As specific data on change points is found it will be added to this page
Metro 4-pot conversion
Created: February 16, 2000
From my time on the Internet it became apparent that in England there is an easy and inexpensive option to upgrade Mini brakes, thanks to their favourite donor car, the Rover Mini Metro.
Competiton brake pads
Created: January 30, 2000
Carbon metallic pads will fade at high temperature if not fully bedded. Only fully bedded pads will provide fade-free high performance. For maximum efficiency, new discs are recommended. AP recommends that the pad be bedded with the actual disc on which it is to be used. A pad can be heat conditioned on any disc, but it must be run with a coated disc to perform (the pad coats of the disc during bedding in procedure).
Camshafts
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Camshaft selection can be as complicated as you like, but for the ultimate performance, even if that means best gas mileage requires that you consider the entire envelope that the camshaft will work within. Non-technical issues such as intended application (street, race, milage or??), budget, expected RPM range, etc must be considered along with technical things like compression ratio, Cylinder head and valve sizes, exhaust system, carburetion, etc.
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Acronyms used in the cam grinding industry.
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Choosing The Right Timing Set For Your Engine
C-AJJ3327 Installation Notes
Created: March 06, 2006
'A' Series BMC IMPORTANT Supplied are 2 screws. Replace the original bolts with screws after modifying cover plate. Manufacturer's Statement: Rollmaster are C.N.C. machined, high tensile steel sprockets using double row O6B-2 chain. Care must be taken to inspect key & keyways & shafts f...
Camshaft Theory by Elgin
Created: January 28, 2006
Considerable information has been recorded about numerous aspects of the four stroke internal combustion engine. Nevertheless, only a small percentage of people really understand how it works and even fewer still know how to modify an engine to suit their needs. I will try to simplify this complex subject by discussing some basic principles that may be overlooked or misunderstood by the average person. First, it is very important to understand the relationship between piston travel directions and valve timing events. The reason this relationship is important is because it is one of the few things that is relatively easy to adjust/change. The camshaft which opens and closes the valves makes ONE complete revolution (360 degrees) while the crankshaft moving the piston up and down the cylinder rotates TWICE (720 degrees). Camshaft timing is usually expressed in terms of crankshaft degrees relative to the piston location in the cylinder. That is, relative to Top Dead Center (TDC) and Bottom Dead Center (BDC), respectively. Note that during the four strokes of a piston in an internal combustion engine the crankshaft will rotate 720 degrees and the piston will be at each TDC and BDC twice.
Kent Camshaft Fitting Rules
Created: January 27, 2006
The installation and first few moments of running are critical factors in the life of the camshaft and the following instructions have been devised in order to obtain maximum performance from the engine and to ensure a long and trouble free life from both the camshaft and associated components. These points are designed to be used in conjunction with the original manufacturers installation procedure.
Kent Camshaft Timing
Created: January 27, 2006
Kent Camshaft Timing methods. For many years the most commonly used method has involved establishing top dead center (TDC) as a datum (zero degrees) and positioning your camshaft with its inlet valve at maximum lift at a given position relative to this datum.
Who is Kent Camshafts
Created: January 27, 2006
Established in the late 1970’s, Kent Performance Cams has grown from a fledgling idea nurtured by two engineers - Bob Munt and Bob Fry - into a world renowned specialist camshaft manufacturing team, a camshaft manufacturing house that was capable of producing competition engine components within strict quality control criteria whilst still remaining cost effective, a policy we still pursue to this day.Bob Fry - who took full control of the company in 1989 - has since taken a back seat in the running of the company leaving the existing management team - Tony Woodward, Andy Burns, Malcolm Hawkins and Graham Watts - as the primary Directors responsible for further growth of the company. Other key employees include Sales Manager Del Johnson, whose automotive experience spans thirty years.
Camshaft Drives
Created: January 30, 2000
Fitment of an uprated cam drive system is essential when building a performance orientated engine. Timing scatter induced by the standard set up can reach up to 15° once the single row chain has stretched, which it does after only a few miles
Winterize Your Mini - MC2
Created: October 14, 2011
A little web searching will turn up lots of generic, top ten lists of things to do to winterize your car. Most are just common sense; not all apply to Minis; and what you do will vary depending upon whether you are going to store the car for a few months, or if your Mini, like my daily driver, lives outside all the time.
Mini Flywheel and Clutch Identification
Created: March 08, 2009
The pressure plate on the left is called a 'spring' type as typically found on early 850cc engines. The one on the right is called a 'diaphragm' type. While the pressure plates are NOT interchangeable on the flywheel itself. Either flywheel can be use on any engine assuming to keep it the th
Primary gear question and answers.
Created: February 26, 2009
SUBJECT: MiniMania.com: primary gear clearance NOTE: chuck or don  hope you can give me some direction.the clearance on my primary gear is .021 inches do i need to replace the front and rear primary gear bushings? thanks for your help.    Robert,    .021" is about 3 time...
Mini Cooper Verto Clutch Information
Created: August 06, 2008
This article has been written owing to the increasing amount of people who ring Mini Spares stating that their 1275cc Injection type Mini will not start after fitting a new clutch, especially when they have purchased the parts from another supplier, usually a motor factoring company, rather than a Mini specialist.. There are 2 types of Pressure plates, namely AP (Automotive Products) and Valeo.
Clutch Checking (Pre Verto)
Created: February 24, 2001
Maybe your Mini clutch is working fine. Maybe you’re starting to notice that the master cylinder fluid is going down slowly. Maybe the action just doesn’t seem the same. Maybe you are hearing some noises you don’t remember hearing before.
Clutch FAQ (non-Verto)
Created: February 16, 2000
One of the more common questions asked by Mini owners is "why doesn't my clutch disengage properly?" or "why is it hard to engage gears?" The usual symptom is that the clutch engages right at the floor and you find yourself embedding the pedal in the carpet to avoid grinding gears. Given that the clutch worked properly when the car left the factory the obvious answer is 'wear'.
Clutch Works
Created: January 30, 2000
If I were keeping score, I would have to say that the most common questions on our tech line involve clutch problems. Many of these are from reputable repair shops!
Radiator Options for the Mini
Created: December 03, 2013
The cooling system in the Mini has used the same basic style radiator since it's begining in 1959 up until the introduction of the twin point injected cars when the radiator was moved to the front of the car.
Oil Coolers
Created: February 03, 2011
In the past, fitting an oil cooler was mandatory once an engine had been even slightly uprated. The main cause for this was the quality of Motor Oils available at that time. If the oil temperatures exceeded a specific point, then engine failure was almost guaranteed.
Cooling: Controlling water temperature
Created: July 23, 2003
The introduction of the Cooper S proved to be a testing time for the Mini's systems, but conveniently provide a guideline as to what the standard cooling system was capable of - that used on the 'S' was marginal to say the least! It wasn't uncommon for many S's to spew water from their overflow p
Cylinder Head
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Most motors will go at least 80,000 miles before "needing a valve job"! But what are the signs? How do I determine if I really need it? Do I do it myself or pay a local machine shop.
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Valve stem seals
Valve Stem Keepers
Created: October 10, 2011
Call them cotters, collets or keepers, these little items are often overlooked during a head rebuild.  If yours are worn and need to be replaced, make sure you order the right ones.  Minis used three different versions over the years. In general, the earliest cars used valves with a singl...
C-AEA526 DUAL VALVE SPRING FITTING INSTRUCTIONS
Created: March 16, 2005
This valve spring set has been developed to fit standard sized top caps, and cope with high rpm and high valve lifts without crushing of up to 0.570” without modifications, when fitted to a cylinder head that has standard or near standard valve spring heights. However, where possible...
MSE4 - Post 1992 unleaded stage 2 (Road Rocket) large-bore head
Created: October 23, 2000
Modified to give maximum performance gain for cost. Combustion chambers, inlet and exhaust ports extensively re-worked. Stone-ground finish in ports promotes ultimate fuel atomisation. Three-angle valve seats in head. Cooper S size valves with current maximum flow profiles and Tuftrided for durability/longevity when used with unleaded fuel (hence 'black' finish).
Rocker Gear
Created: January 30, 2000
The new generation of short period, high lift cams have been developed to give the best results in large bore engines when used in conjunction with 1.5 ratio, hi-lift rockers. For the small bore range, the stock 1.3 ratio is optimum. In certain instances ratios of 1.7 to 1 are of benefit - but is really only applicable to fully developed race engines.
Cylinder Heads
Created: January 30, 2000
Everybody has their own opinion on this subject. The most experienced people will tell you that the best way to maintain your engine performance is to accept the fact that valve jobs need to be done 2 or 3 times more often than rings and bearings! And this data base was concluded when leaded gas was the norm! Now that unleaded is all you can get, valve jobs are needed even more often! The purpose of a valve job is two fold; first the valve seats. The impurities in the air and gas often get trapped between the valve and the seat in the head; under worst conditions stopping the valve from closing, but more commonly being smashed enough to allow just a little seepage of hot gases.
Competition Cylinder Heads
Created: January 30, 2000
A selected range of modified cylinder heads are available to suit a wide variety of applications. All port and chamber modifications are carried out by experts to current state of the art specifications. Therefore, actual specifications may alter slightly as gas flow and port velocity efficiency improvements are developed. Where large bore heads are used on small bore engines (i.e. 12G940 casting on 948/1098cc block), it is necessary to check full lift of exhaust valve, and pocket the block as necessary.
Stage 2, Budget big bore head
Created: January 30, 2000
Modified to give maximum performance gain for cost. Combustion chambers, inlet and exhaust ports extensively reworked. Stone-ground finish in ports promotes ultimate atomisation.
Electrical
Turn Signal & light Switches
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Finding the correct turn signal indicator switch and, or light switch is best done by visually matching up the current switch from the chart listed below.
Created: May 24, 2013
Information and Overview of the Mini Cooper Wire harness
Created: March 07, 2013
In Canada, MK III minis were imported with what was then an excellent new feature, "Hazard Lights." Sometimes called 4-way flashers, this switch allows the turn signal lamps of both left and right sides of the car to work at the same time regardless of the ignition being turned on. There i...
Improving Your Mini Cooper Gas Mileage
Created: August 06, 2008
Most engines (and all Minis) use an electric spark to start the burning of the fuel/air mixture which in turn powers the car.  If the engine is to run properly this ‘electric spark’ must happen at the exact right time. Setting your timing means you adjusting the time the plug fires ...
Troubleshooting Lucas Points
Created: May 14, 2008
Troubleshooting Lucas Points The following document discusses the operation of the basic “points type” ignition system. Included are steps to troubleshoot the ignition system. This document presents a negative ground system only. Please read the Theory of Operation section before attempting to troubleshoot your ignition system.
Smiths Voltage Stabilizers - REVISED
Created: May 14, 2008
The following document discusses the operation of the basic Smiths voltage stabilizer as used to operate electrical gauges on British vehicles. Methods of replacement and testing are also discussed.
Lamp Bar Installation Instructions
Created: May 14, 2007
Installation InstructionsRemove grille and overriders (if fitted the overriders can't be refitted) Remove the center fixing nut from the bumper, fit the center support bracket using the bumper nut and washer, bending the bracket towards the apron mark off and drill hole after offering bar up. Loosel...
Created: January 12, 2007
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Are these legal?PIAA lamps are intended for use solely as auxiliary lighting. Lighting laws vary from state to state. PIAA makes no representation or warranty, either expressed or implied, as to the legality of its products for street use on any vehi...
Do's and Don’t of the 123 Distributor for the Mini Cooper
Created: January 31, 2006
The last distributor you will ever need is now available for your Mini or Mini Cooper S. The '123 Distributor' from the Netherlands is a revolutionary design that allows you to have the exact ignition curve that you need for your application. And most importantly this is true if you have an 850 or a full blown 1275cc engine. The all new fully electronic billet distributor has been programmed with 16 different advance curves that are easily switched. The 123 Distributor is available for either the A or A+ application with or without vacuum advance. The 16 different advance curves are based on the original factory Lucas distributors as used in the many different models such that as long as you always use either an A or A+ power-unit, the 123 Distributor is one and only distributor you will ever need.
Created: October 09, 2012
Minis, with their A series integrated tranny / oil pan arrangement, are sometimes difficult to bolt to a common engine stand.  Some of the best Mini engine builders use engine stand plates of their own making.  It’s not a common part and these can’t be found easily.  There...
Flywheel Problems
Created: September 11, 2012
When installing a flywheel onto a engine/crankshaft I strongly recommend that you "lap the interface surface" between the flywheel and crank. The objective of this process is to insure an absolute perfect fit on the tapper. If for any reason this is not the case you will probably NOT be able t...
Motor Oils - It Is So Very Misunderstood
Created: August 23, 2011
I think it is time to go over passenger car automotive engine oils in detail. I will be writing several articles to be published soon so I will try to get some of it out here. I feel this is a very general topic for all car owners on this board.
Motor Oils - It Is So Very Misunderstood - part 2
Created: August 23, 2011
I think it is time to go over passenger car automotive engine oils in detail. I will be writing several articles to be published soon so I will try to get some of it out here. I feel this is a very general topic for all car owners on this board.
Mini Mania Crankcase Ventilation Kit, C-2A265
Created: February 03, 2011
This kit provides an internally baffled housing which enables the fuel pump port on the engine block to be used to vent the crankcase. The kit also includes fasteners and gaskets to mount the fitting but does not include a hose fitting and hose.
Detailing The Engine & Under The Hood
Created: January 25, 2011
Did you know a detailed engine increases the resale value of your car?  It's a well-known fact that people who take the time and effort to detail their engines also take better care of their cars.
Created: September 21, 2010
HUFF AND PUFFThe principal requirement to produce power in the internal combustion engine is to combine a precise mixture of clean oxygen and fuel, then igniting this mixture.This ignition leads to a rapid rise in temperature as the mixture burns, pressure increases rapidly and forces the piston dow...
Longer Connecting Rods in a Mini Cooper
Created: August 05, 2010
Longer rods provide for a longer dwell at piston TDC, keeping the combustion chamber small for a longer period as the expanding gases push against the piston. This extracts more power from a given air/fuel mixture thus increasing combustion efficiency.
Created: March 01, 2010
TECH INFORMATION FROM CLEVITE ENGINE PARTSTECHCLEVITE®/VICTOR REINZ®/PERFECT CIRCLE® For further information contact:Clevite Engine Parts Division • 1350 Eisenhower Place • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108-3388 U.S.A.TB-2078 Issued: August 16, 2001ENGINE BEARING FUNDAMENTALS PART 9 “CAMSHAFT BEARINGS”Most ...
Engine Stabliz
Lower Engine Stabilizer, MSSK1
Created: January 30, 2000
This kit is designed to greatly improve engine stability on all Minis, and derivatives utilizing the engine and front subframe assembly from the Mini. It is particularly useful on the later rod - change type gearbox
Mini engine stabilizer steady bar, MSSK1300
Created: January 30, 2000
This is an auxiliary steady bar kit and should not be used to replace any other standard fitment parts that have broken. 2.Remove the radiator support bracket from the radiator and the thermostat housing.
Exhaust manifold types and applications
Created: August 10, 2010
All is not what it seems. The most popular isn’t necessarily the best. Size is everything, before buying examine the relevant table carefully, and remember my motto - ‘tuning is a balance between what’s possible and what’s necessary’. Shape’s also a consideration - poor fabrication reduces effectiveness.
Catalytic Converter Information
Created: September 30, 2003
  The exhaust header for all the new MINI's from BMW have the catalytic converter built into them.  The replacement of the original stock header with any aftermarket header is limited by the Federal Clean Air act, as outlined below.  Thus it muct be understood that replacing a st...
RC40 exhaust fitting
Created: January 30, 2000
The RC40 system is ready made to fit the original Cooper and Cooper ‘S’ exhaust manifold. This also applies when fitting an RC40 to the maniflow freeflow manifold C-STR816.
Exterior Trim
Lesson in Basic Grille - Mini Grilles Over Time - Information
Created: January 19, 2012
  The following is a quick summary of the basic Mini grilles used on the English made cars and is focused on those grilles still available in reproduction form.
What does NPT, BSP etc mean?
Created: September 21, 2010
NPT stands for National Pipe Taper, and is the most common U.S. standard for pipe fittings. NPT fittings are measured on the internal diameter of the fitting.
Fuel Systems
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Carburation and Interchanges , What is the correct carburation that you should use on a Mini? Many options can be used, from SU, single, duel, and Weber.
Tuning your WEBER DCOE-Style Carburetor
Created: February 04, 2011
So you have a nifty Weber DCOE or S&K Racing sidedraft carb setup for your vehicle. You're ready to chew gum and kick butt, and you've run out of gum. You bolted on the carb in place of your SUs or Zenith-Stromberg and voila! You have worse gas mileage, and the power gain is slight enough to be psychological.
SU HIF44 & HIF6 Vac pipe take-off
Created: August 17, 2010
On some HIF carbs, the vac take-off located just after the butterfly - that's between the butterfly and the carb to manifold mounting flange - has been eliminated. Instead, the engines these carbs are fitted to use a vac take off in the manifold. The reason for this is again wholly idle emissi...
How to Improve your Mini MPG
Created: May 12, 2008
In today’s’ world of sky high gas prices with no end in sight it is not uncommon for owners to be saying to themselves that it is time to drive the Mini daily to save a little money on fuel cost. When was the last time you checked your gas mileage?
How Colortune Works
Created: May 09, 2008
Understanding the principle by which COLORTUNE works helps in getting the best out of it.  That principle is commonly seen in action or paraffin heaters, gas cookers, or anywhere where a fuel is burnt in air to produce heat or energy.  Combustion at its most efficient produces a clear blue...
 Keep Your Engine Properly Tuned for Better Fuel Economy
Created: December 28, 2007
Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent.
Weber Carburetors Float Level - DGV / DCOE
Created: April 27, 2007
The float level is a critical part of carburetor calibration. Changing the fuel level in the bowl will change the point that the main circuit starts to feed, alter the characteristics of an emulsion tube, and affect drivability and fuel consumption.GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: Float level, in mm, typically...
WTCC Carburetor
Created: November 09, 2005
Weber wtcc carburetor pictures and diagrams
Needle codes for SU carbs
Created: May 21, 2005
Here are a selection of needles codes and the vehicle specs that they were used in...
Created: February 18, 2000
Summer is with us once more and the Mini overheating is on everybody's mind, while the temperature gauge won't keep your engine cool at least it will let you know what is happening. To check that it is working correctly With a capillary type gauge (mechanical) Remove the sender unit from the head .Fill a small pot with water and bring to a rapid boil using
Tachometer Conversion
Created: January 30, 2000
Positive to Negative Ground Conversion In addition to the tools required to remove the tachometer from the dash, you will need the following: 1) soldering iron & solder (keep in mind that electronics are heat sensitive, so be careful to use a low-wattage iron or use heat sinks to localize the heat.)
Gearboxes
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Evo (Trannex) 1950s design with 1990s engineering and technology - originally done by the inimitable Davc Hirons at Trannex, now under the EVO banner at Mini Spares Centre following their buy-out of all the Mini/Sprite Trannex products some years back now. The only real similarity to the old Sali...
How do I know which transmission my Mini has?
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It’s really quite easy to tell which generation of gearbox, shift linkage, and axles your Mini has. Let’s say you want to order a replacement but terms like “remote”, “rod-change”, or “pot-joints” have you a little befuddled about just what the heck to order! Let’s very simply describe the three styles of transmissions and axles used in the production of the Classic Mini.
Classic Mini Gearbox Rebuild - Mini Mania Video
Created: March 11, 2011
Classic Mini Gearbox Rebuild - Part 1 Gearboxes may seem complicated but they are very simple in their construction, and surprisingly easy to put together. The main issues are having the right tools to do the job.
Created: June 19, 2008
Gear Box Rebuild Written By GuessWorks Gearboxes may seem complicated but they are very simple in their construction, and surprisingly easy to put together. The main issues are having the right tools to do the job. So here's a list of what you will need. SEE VIDEO HERE Torque Wrench with a...
Created: January 26, 2006
The Quaife Differential powers both drive wheels under nearly all conditions, instead of just one. With an ordinary open differential, standard on most cars, a lot of precious power is wasted during wheelspin under acceleration. This happens because the open differential shifts power to the wheel with less grip (along the path of least resistance). The Quaife, however, does just the opposite. It senses which wheel has the better grip, and biases the power to that wheel. It does this smoothly and constantly, and without ever completely removing power from the other wheel.
C-AEA3240 - REPLACEMENT FULLY-FLOATING PRIMARY GEAR BUSHING
Created: April 15, 2005
Replacing the bushing and machining the bearing surface to give the correct bearing to crank clearance will often not resolve the problem since it is likely the journal itself will be damaged/become over-sized.
Created: February 10, 2003
Whether you've just ordered yours, or would like to see how to install one if you DID order one ... here are instructions with step-by-step photos
22G2026MM Rod Change Shifter Conversion Bracket
Created: December 05, 2000
Procedures Align the holes in the red wooden locating blocks with the holes in the bracket and tape or glue the blocks to the bracket. Attach bracket, with locating blocks attached, to the gear lever housing and raise the housing until the locators touch the tunnel. Drill two 5/16” dia...
Created: October 31, 2000
The standard drop gears are fine for practically all road use - almost irrespective of power output. Despite what many folk believe - they are more than strong enough, and will perform perfectly well if correctly set up. That means getting the idler and primary gear end floats right, and using new bearings for the idler gear at each re-build.
Created: April 23, 2013
How to Tie Your Mini Down to a Trailer When you push, pull or drive the mini onto the trailer, step on the brake pedal and firmly apply the parking brake.  On some minis, especially project cars that have been sitting for years, both actions may have no appreciable effect.  Placin...
Created: February 13, 2013
Installing the T7 Heater in our Mark I Cooper S Republished with permission from cooperroadmini.com The heater was not among the pile of parts that were in the heap we started with on Cooper Road. As we’ve built this Mini, the heater was hardly a priority, but now that the car is pr...
Einszett Interviewed at Detail Fest
Created: May 23, 2011
Einszett Interviewed at Detail Fest 2011
Created: April 08, 2011
Some customers have asked us to share with them how to achieve the best results when applying heat seal or 'iron on' emblems and patches to their garments. As we have both commercial and home based customers, we've created two very easy to follow guides.
Created: September 24, 2009
Searching and Finding The Parts You Need at Mini Mania At Mini Mania, we have literally thousands and thousands of parts available for your Mini! This vast selection is a great asset, but it can be tricky to find what you want without knowing where to look. If you're not sure which Mini/engine combinatio...
Created: August 26, 2008
  Transportation consumes about 25 percent of the total energy used in the United States. Driving releases harmful chemicals and other air...
How To ID Your Mini with Pictures
Created: March 10, 2006
Most Mini owners have no idea how to tell what kind of Mini they have. In fact, in many cases they don’t even know there are really so many different Minis. This interactive guide will walk you through the proper identification of your Mini.
Created: February 16, 2006
Introduction Getting Started Why Correct Identification is Necessary What to Know to Identify Minis Identification by Chassis Number/VIN – Standard Cars Identifying Minis by Engine/Power Unit Mini Mini History Identifying Minis by Mark Identifying Non Standard Minis Minis Built fo...
Spark Plugs Overview by NGK
Created: January 21, 2011
This basic guide is designed to assist the technician, hobbyist, or race mechanic in understanding, using, and troubleshooting spark plugs.
Created: February 01, 2006
Is the Ignitor™ a "universal" electronic ignition system? The Ignitor electronic ignition is far from being universal. Each kit is designed specifically for the distributor type. However, our kits will often fit many distributors from the same manufacturer. A kit that has been designed for a particular distributor type may also fit other distributors that use the same point set, cap and rotor. For additional information . 
Created: January 31, 2006
Mounting instructions for the '123ignition' type : 123\MINI-R-V & 123\MINI-R-V-A+ for : all 6 & 12 Volt cars, negative earth only ! IMPORTANT Please read the entire instructions before you begin installation. If after reading you are unsure of the procedure to be followed, plea...
Ignition Tune-Up Kits
Created: March 16, 2005
This visual guide will assist you in finding the right tune up kit for your Mini!
Created: April 01, 2013
Supplies needed: Vacuum with narrow nozzle Stiff toothbrush Several towels or Microfiber Cloths Vinyl or Leather Cleaner Prima Nourish Leather Treatment Prima Nero Vinyl Treatment or Aerospace 303 Most classic Minis have vinyl seat covers. On occasion, there were cloth bu...
Created: February 16, 2000
Having trouble putting together that righteous color scheme? Browse through this virtual carpet sample book and be enlightened.
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Wish List Feature on Mini Mania Site
Created: November 20, 2013
Wish your family could read your mind and get you what you'd REALLY like for the holidays? Mini Mania’s Wish List feature is just what you’re looking for!
Created: August 24, 2012
Mini Time Line Part 1 – The Early Years, Through 1962 Last Updated August 13, 2012. Information added and corrections made.
Created: August 24, 2012
Mini Time Line Part 3 – 1968 Through 1976 Last Updated August 13, 2012. Information added and corrections made.
Created: August 24, 2012
Mini Time Line Part 2 – 1963 Through 1967 Last Updated August 13, 2012. Information added and corrections made.
Created: August 24, 2012
Mini Time Line Part 4 – 1977 Through 1988 Last Updated August 13, 2012. Information added and corrections made.
Created: August 24, 2012
Mini Time Line Part 6 – 2003 On Last Updated August 22, 2012. Information added.
Created: August 24, 2012
Mini Time Line Part 5 – 1989 Through 2002 Last Updated August 13, 2012. Information added and corrections made.
Created: March 30, 2012
The 1st “national” U.S. Mini Meet, “East Meets West,” was held the 2nd - 6th in Denver, Colorado.
Mini Meet West dates and history
Created: March 30, 2012
First U.S. Mini Meet was held in Reno, Nevada the 26, 27, 28th. There were 43 paid registrations. Eventually, the Meet became known as the first Mini Meet West after the start up of the Mini Meet East events in 1975.
Motorsport
Basic Autocross Techniques
Created: September 19, 2012
Competitive autocrossing is a great alternative or supplement to track days. In autocross events, yours is the only car on the course while you’re running, so you don’t need to worry about anyone else getting in your way, or worse. Speeds are typically slower than on the track, so if something should go wrong, you are more likely to be able to deal with it than you might on the track.
Keeping safe in a Mini Cooper
Created: October 01, 2010
Under the heading of protecting vital components, you’ve discovered by now that a safety helmet is required for most track days and autocross competitions.
Created: August 11, 2009
                      That most iconic and best-loved of British cars – the Mini – celebrates its 50th anniv...
Created: November 26, 2004
Phil Wicks' Racing Resume 1947 Rode pillion with father on Norton 500 1954 Owned first bike:  Francis Barnett with Villier 197c...
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Created: March 22, 2002
Mini, MINI, Moke or whatever, Autocross is a great way to have loads of fun with your favorite car while competing at regional or national levels. This Novice Handbook will get you started!
Paint Codes
The Paint Codes
Created: January 22, 2009
HELP OUT! We would like to continue to fill in the details and the important "examples".  If you know a color code, have color chip, If your car is a certain color;  Please send us a picture or a link to a picture of the color. You can forward any additional information to: I...
Austin Version of BMC Paint Color Codes
Created: April 25, 2000
Need to know the color codes for your Austin Mini? Then take a gander and be enlightened.
Created: September 26, 2012
If you have a Mini shell in need of substantial rust repair, a rotisserie is a handy tool.  Since you wish to undertake these repairs, you either are a welder or you must know a welder.  This is key.  Pop rivets and JB Weld are no way to proceed on this level.    Good news ...
Created: August 24, 2012
Mini External Hinges: Positions and Fasteners.   External Hinges were used on Minis starting with the first cars off of the assembly line and continued with little change for a number of years, especially on the Vans and Pickups. You will also find them on roll-up window doors used on many...
Created: June 09, 2007
Below are a few comments from several of our customers in reference to Mini panel replacement! jhayes11 Posted: Jun-08-2007 09:27PM   Has anyone replaced the front nose panel on a Mini?? If so, any pointers?? I was going to just cut off the section ...
Rust and Classic Minis
Created: June 21, 2000
Rust and Minis have a great affinity for each other. Sooner or later all owners of non-restored old Minis will have to tackle this problem. When checking a Mini over before purchasing, it is important to check carefully for rust. The diagram below shows the typical rust areas:
Body Stripping
Created: June 21, 2000
There are several reasons to strip the paint (and any rust) from your body shell: rust repair, scratch/paint damage repair, or for re-spraying as part of a restoration. There are also many techniques, each of which has advantages and disadvantages.
Created: June 16, 2000
The choice you have made in purchasing a body shell for your car instead of the component parts to repair the existing one is correct. The man hours of labor and degree of experience and skill involved to assemble the shell are extensive and you have rightly chosen to entrust this to British Motor Heritage, the original manufacturer.
Mini Body Dimensions
Created: June 13, 2000
Figures for length, width and height are the same for all Minis (including Clubmans except where specified) except Canadian models with safety-legislation bumpers Innocentis, Authis and Australian models which used differently-contoured body panels may vary in external dimensions (especially width and height) by a couple of inches.
Performance
NCA 2013 Dyno Testing -- Lessons Learned
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Learn from the Dyno Session at NCA 2013 Mini Mania offered Dyno testing at our Nevada City Adventure event scheduled that took place June 1, 2013.
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Small piston applications and availability have been changing over time
CHECKING COMPRESSION RING GAPS
Created: September 21, 2010
The following chart shows the SAE recommended Automotive compression ring end gaps. These recommendations are followed for the majority of the ring line unless a certain application requires deviation from the chart.
Rover Parts Catalogs
Created: January 16, 2003
Find the factory part number you need for your late Mini (1990 on) on our on-line Rover parts catalog!
Created: December 18, 2001
Need to find the part number for your 1992 Mini? Now you can search the Rover parts catalog for Minis from 1990 on, right on the Mini Mania website!
Suspension
Created: January 18, 2013
The mounting blocks are to be fixed at each end of the bar under the front of the subframe where there is a double thickness of metal close to the forward tie-bar brackets. Loosely assemble the blocks to the bar, one positioned between the locating rings - offer the bar up to the lower front edge of...
Suspension for Sprites & Midgets
Created: January 28, 2011
Front suspension geometry can be altered to improve the cars road holding, further enhancing its cornering ability. Standard settings from the factory are 3/4° of positive camber, approximately 3° of Castor, and 1/8" toe in. Stock Spring rate is 271lbf/in.
Better Handling for Road, Track or Autocross
Created: January 26, 2009
Once again we’re back to trade-offs. For the average driver, with average passengers, the ability of the car to absorb bumps without rattling the dentures of gran’pa in the back seat is at least as important as how fast the car will get around corners.
SPAX frequently asked questions
Created: January 28, 2006
Frequently Asked Questions How do I adjust my rear telescopic dampers? There is a knob or a screwdriver adjustment at the bottom of each damper. If you turn the adjuster fully anticlockwise it will be on the lowest setting, then turn the adjuster clockwise - On our newer dampers there will be 28 points of adjustment and on our older dampers 14. You need to count the clicks, as once the maximum damping has been reached, the adjuster will keep turning. Always adjust both dampers an equal number of clicks.
Choosing a Sway Bar for your Mini Cooper or S
Created: December 02, 2004
The principle behind a sway bar is to achieve a ‘balance’ to the car front to rear such that when we turn at our chosen speed we can maintain control of the car. As a Mini Cooper will naturally understeer in order to get closer to a balance, we either have to decrease the understeer OR INCREASE oversteer.
SHOCK ABSORBERS  (DAMPERS)
Created: October 20, 2004
Technical lowdown on dampers (shock absorbers), what to look for and what to buy.
C-AJJ4009 Fixed Rear Anti-Roll Bar Fitting Instructions
Created: March 16, 2004
  C-AJJ4009 FIXED REAR ANTI ROLL BAR FITTING INSTRUCTIONS This kit contains –                 1 ½” bar and blades assembly           &n...
TOOL10 - Instructions for Camber/Castor Gauge
Created: December 12, 2003
  CASTOR/CAMBER GAUGE INSTRUCTIONS For all intents and purposes, this gauge can be considered a finely graduated plumb line - as that is exactly what it is! Before proceeding with any measuring for each factor, make sure the vehicle is on reasonabl...
KONI Shock Absorbers
Created: October 30, 2003
    KONI Superiority KONIs are not the average shock absorber, they feature a number of standards that make them unique: ADJUSTABLE  KONIs are adjustable, which means that you can influence the behavior of the car to meet your preferences ...
Did You Know That Improper Tire Pressure May Drastically Affect Your Gas Mileage?
Created: April 22, 2007
How you treat your tires actually goes a long way in determining what you spend on gas. Tires are often neglected because people do not know that they affect their gas mileage. A good tire maintenance culture will not only make your rides safer, it will also leave a little more in your pocket.
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Mini front door window channel, 24A88
Created: January 30, 2000
IMPORTANT!! Read these instructions BEFORE drilling any holes!!! This window channel is now supplied without water drain holes.
Calculating Wheel Offset
Created: January 25, 2011
When fitting aftermarket, or custom wheels, you should check for any clearance issues.Rubbing, or Incorrect fitment will wear out your tires, and cause other suspension components to fail or wear prematurely.
Created: January 30, 2006
The original Minilite wheel, made in magnesium, was probably the most successful competition wheel in the 1960's and 70's winning races and rallies on a variety of different cars. Now the same wheel is being produced in an affordable aluminium alloy to that original design. Manufactured in the UK , Tech Del Minilite wheels are low pressure die cast, pressure tested, batch x-rayed and machined using the latest computer controlled equipment. The authentic look of the 60's manufactured using modern technology ensures our product is the only choice for the serious Competition and Classic Car Enthusiast. Often imitated there is only one authentic MINILITE wheel.
Created: January 30, 2000
If there is one aesthetic accessory that commands more debate, confusion, and disappointment it has to be the wheel. Since the inception of the Mini, many manufacturers have produced a vast array of different designs and sizes of rims still surface through garage clearouts and the like.